Letter From the President
The 2016-2017 season has officially begun! I'm honored to be at the helm and am looking forward to big things in the months ahead. The University of Iowa Triathlon club has recently undergone many positive and exciting changes, and I'd like share some of these with you.
First off, we now have a coach! Alex Libin, an Iowa Alum and former Trihawk, has been working with us the last couple couple months and will be continuing to guide our athletes into the fall. A professional triathlete and coach, Alex lives out in Colorado and returns periodically to the Midwest to compete and coach. Most recently, we raced with him at the Copper Creek Triathlon, which was a ton of fun. He will also be leading a clinic for us and other local triathletes next weekend in Iowa City.
Membership is on the rise! Our membership last semester numbered 32, and we are on track to meet and surpass that number this fall. We have numerous outreach events coming up in August, including a fun run on August 20th to connect with incoming freshman, a booth at the fall student org fair, and a tabling event at the rec center the first week of class. Our membership director, Alex Deforest, has been working hard behind the scenes to orchestrate these events in between homework sets and training sessions for Ironman Lake Placid. One of my personal goals for the year is to increase practice attendance by expanding our membership; I think that we are on the right path.
We have also been hard at work on our mission to grow and inspire a triathlon community at Iowa. Over the past season, we volunteered at numerous swim meets and local 5ks; we will continue to do this in the months to come. Although Iowa’s Best Dam Triathlon has been placed on hiatus, we've taken point to produce and present the Tropical Indoor Triathlon, a spring event traditionally hosted by Iowa Rec Services. We are currently reworking the format to accommodate collegiate and age group competitors alike, and are looking forward to offering a format that will be challenging and fun for both experienced and novice triathletes! We are also exploring opportunities to connect the local high schools to triathlon. Perhaps some of these students will be inspired to become Hawkeyes!
In closing, I'd like to wish you the best in the summer months ahead. Hopefully, you've had an opportunity to take in a race or two. If not, the best weather of the year is yet to come - unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case I hope that you're enjoying the winter! Before signing off, I'd like to offer a couple closing thoughts. First, a challenge: bring a friend into the sport. It doesn't take much- inviting him or her to join you for a ride, signing up for a race together, or even standing on the sidelines to cheer for a friend. Triathlon is one of the greatest sports in the world - but it's future will depend on bringing new people into the fold. Second, a call to action: go out and support your local races and triathlon events. It's been a tough year for triathlon in eastern Iowa- registrations have been down and some races have closed up shop. We're fortunate to live in an area with a wealth of races within a couple hours' drive of home. Let's fight to keep it that way!
Dare to tri,
P.S. Former Trihawks! If you're ever in the Iowa City area, hit us up! We'd love to meet you, introduce you to our current members, and have you join us for a training session.